If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the Beijing heat this summer, look no further than Splash Recreation Club at CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport. The main draw is their outdoor pool, but there are plenty of other leisure activities available. For golf lovers, Beijing Country Golf Club has super greens in a great setting. You can also use their fitness center, tennis courts, pool, and bowling alley. BabyGro has its summer sale on, offering a great range of UV protection swimwear to keep the kids safe from the sun. If you want to escape the kids for a while or if they’re keen to have fun with people their own age, there’s still time to enroll them in O’le Sports’ summer “crazy camp.”
Splash Recreation Club
If you’re staying in Beijing for some of the summer break, try out Splash Recreation Club at CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport. Entry includes access to the hotel’s facilities, which include a fitness center, an indoor and an outdoor pool, and a sauna. Or, simply lie back and enjoy beauty and hair treatments, a massage, or some reflexology.
Mon-Fri: RMB 80 (adults), RMB 40 (kids), Sat-Sun: RMB 140 (adults), RMB 70 (kids), free for kids under 1m. (6456 5588) www.citichotelbeijing.com
Beijing Country Golf Club
There’s also the Beijing Country Golf Club, which boasts the biggest golf course in Beijing. Facilities at the club include a bar, a golf store, a restaurant, a sauna, a swimming pool, a tennis court, a fitness center, and a bowling alley. A little bit of luxury in Shunyi will cost you RMB 400.
RMB 700 weekends and holidays. West of Chaobai River, Mapo Town, Shunyi District (6940 1111, email@example.com) The website (www.bccgolf.com) doesn’t seem to be working currently.
BabyGro Summer Sale
The one-stop shop for imported baby products, BabyGro is having its big summer sale with up to 50 percent off on all sunglasses and swimwear, including UV protection rash shirts, shorts, and sun suits. Not included in the sale but worth adding to your shopping basket: Baby Banz swimming goggles, sun hats, UV sun protection cream, kid-safe mosquito repellant, and skin soothing lotions.
Visit their store at Cathay View Plaza or Chaowai SOHO, or visit www.babygro.com.cn.
Go Crazy with O’le Sports
There is still time to sign up for this summer’s Crazy Camp run by O’le Sports. So much fun is packed into one week: sailing, kayaking, indoor skiing, climbing, treasure hunt, slack-lining, and trash bash music. Starting on Monday, July 14, the camp repeats every Monday-Friday throughout the summer and takes place from 9.30am-4.30pm.
Activities are split between different locations, including Shunyi Rowing Lake, Qiaobo Indoor Ski Centre, and O’le Climbing. The cost for all of these activities, all with English language instruction from O’le Sports and Music, is RMB 5,000 per child. Age recommendation is 7-17 years. To book, call 186 1045 3101.
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.
Photos courtesy of BabyGro, CITIC, and Golf Club